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Pokémon Go APKs are being placed with malware, here’s how to verify if yours is legit

If you’ve side-loaded Pokémon Go on your Android smartphone, here’s how you can find the legitimacy of your app.

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No doubt, Pok mon Go is currently the hottest augmented reality based smartphone app. And even as the world is obsessing over it, Niantic Labs, which co-created the game with Nintendo, has temporarily paused the international roll-out of the game due to the overwhelming response that led to server side glitches. While that doesn t stop people from looking for various ways to download the game, there s a nasty little surprise waiting for them. Also Read - 5 best Yoga apps for iOS in 2021: Use these apps and start your journey to fitness

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According to Proofpoint, a version of Pok mon Go app with infected malicious remote access tool (RAT) called DroidJack has surfaced online. The infected app installs a backdoor, granting hackers with full control over the Android smartphones. The report also states that the infected app was released within 72 hours after Pok mon Go was released in Australia and New Zealand. Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more

Those who are impatient to wait for the official rollout of the game in their country are the ones trying to get hold of the game via various means. This also puts them at risk of downloading and side-loading an infected app.

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If you are one of those who has downloaded the app from an external site, here s how you can verify whether or not it is a legit version. Head over to Settings > Apps > Pokemon Go > Permissions. The infected app grants various permissions to the services that it shouldn t. For instance, something like permission to modify contacts, read browser history and bookmarks, edit messages and record audio is something the app doesn t need.

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If your app grants permission to these services (check above screenshots), your app may be infected. We d recommend uninstalling the app right away and wait until the game officially launches in your region.

ALSO READ: Pok mon GO hunting goes wrong, shows how augmented reality can be dangerous

Even as the world is going crazy over Pok mon Go, there are many things that have gone wrong with the augmented reality based game. In a bit to catch all the Pok mon characters, people have trespassed into public property. In another incident, a teenage-girl from the US found a dead body while looking for the Pok mon character, whereas some people in Australia barged into Darwin police station looking for a character called Sandshrew. While augmented and virtual reality is fun, it can be dangerous too.

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  • Published Date: July 12, 2016 11:15 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 19, 2016 11:30 AM IST



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